Jesus Cover Us

Read:  2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

What does a political election, a semi-trailer, and a song have in common?  Usually not very much, but yesterday as I traveled along the interstate those three came together to remind me of God’s promise to be with us, of Jesus’ assurance to cover us, and our calling to share that message with others.  Let me explain…

As I was driving along I was thinking of all the people that day who were headed to the polls to vote for presidential candidates, state and local politicians, and local issues.  The current political climate and some of the issues that were being voted on have caused many people and candidates to act in ways that are quite unbecoming.  Those things sometimes make us feel scared, disappointed, and maybe even depressed at times.  As those thoughts went through my mind I started to pay attention to the words of the song that was playing on my car’s CD Player.

David Crowder’s song “Hands of Love” was playing and here are some of the lyrics I was hearing.  “In His hands that hung the sky, In His hands that touched the blind, In His hands, He is holding me.  In His hands that flung the stars, In His hands that bear the scars, In His hands, He is holding me. Oh, Jesus, the One who frees us, the One who holds us all up.  Jesus, the One who saves us, the One who holds us all In His hands of love.”

And then the chorus came…  “Come cover us, come cover us, come cover us, in Your hands of love. Come cover us, come cover us, come cover us, in Your hands of love.  He’s got the whole wide world in His hands, He’s got the whole wide world in His hands, He’s got the whole wide world in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands.”   What a reminder that in the midst of our insecurity and fear Jesus can come and cover us.  The one who has the whole world in his hands.  The one who is in control is not controlled by our politics, our votes, or our fears about such things.

What about that Semi-trailer?  Well as the words to these songs were ringing in my ears I looked over at the Semi that I was passing.  It was a Sherman-Williams Paint truck.  On the side of their trucks their logo has a can of paint that is pouring out over the earth and their slogan says, “Cover the Earth.”  How perfect.  All three things came together at the same time to remind me of my Savior Jesus Christ who covers me, covers my country, and covers the entire world.  Why should I worry?  What have I to fear?

Sometimes it’s politics, sometimes it’s something that you are going through in your life, sometimes it’s that ongoing sense of anxiety in your life.  Whatever it is, my prayer is that God will bring things together in some way or form to remind you that the Lord is in control and Jesus is there to cover you and be with you through it all.  Sherman-Williams may want to cover the world in paint, but as Christians we should desire to cover the world with this truth.  I hope that you will cover yourself, your family, your friends, and all your circumstances in Jesus’ hands of love.

Here is a link to that song by David Crowder if you would like to listen to it and I have attached a picture of a Sherman-Williams paint truck below if you want to see what that looks like.

 

 

Make it personal:  What can you do this week to remind yourself that God is in control and you are safe in the hands and love of Jesus.  Make sure to live in the promise of God that you are covered by Him.  Join David in Psalm 16:1 when he says, “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.”

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church